International superstar Christian Bautista adds another distinction to his long list of awards, but this time it is not his singing prowess that was recognized.
Bautista was named the winner of the 2013 Elan Awards search for the modern Filipino Gentleman sponsored by McJim Classic Leather. The first ever online competition was created for the purpose of inspiring all Filipino men to become true gentlemen of our modern times.
The finalists were chosen from an esteemed list of entertainment, fashion, sports, music, and public service personalities. The winner was chosen by popular vote; the votes were cast on the Official Facebook Fan Page of McJIM Classic Leather.
Bautista was picked from among twelve stellar finalists including Senator-elect Sonny Angara; Dingdong Dantes; Erwan Heussaff; Xian Lim, Coco Martin Jericho Rosales Piolo Pascual Derek Ramsay, Richard Poon, and athletes Chris Tiu and Phil Younghusband.
The finalists were chosen by a celebrity panel of judges that included society columnist Tim Yap; actor and model Victor Basa; and radio and TV personality Sam YG based on Elegance of Style; Refinement; and Accomplishment.
“We are glad that Christian Bautista has been judged to represent the best in what is truly Filipino. As a singer, Mr. Bautista has an international fan base, proving that Filipino talent and passion has no bounds. He shows us that the Filipino stands proud and can hold his own with any other race or nationality. Bautista is an inspiration to us all for his sense of style, his Filipino values and manners, and his drive to succeed,” said 2013 Élan Awards Project Head Chris Cahilig.
The 2013 Élan Awards trophy was designed by Filipino visual artist and writer Igan D’Bayan. D’Bayan has held several sold out exhibitions that gained critical and popular acclaim.
Cahilig added that the overriding purpose of the award is to inspire Filipino men “to live the life and apply the values of a true gentleman of the Philippines” and that Christian Bautista exemplifies this gentlemanly lifestyle. He also said that they were overwhelmed by the response of Filipinos to the online search for the 2013 Elan Awards winner. “Filipinos from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and even across the globe, all responded by Liking our page, nominating, and voting for their candidates.”
The criteria for the 2013 Elan Awards, which include elegance in style, refinement, and accomplishment, are also represented in the prizes that the winner receives.
“The Elan Award is a celebration and a challenge: it reminds us of our calling to be Filipino gentlemen wherever we are—to be proud of being Filipino, to be stylish, refined, and to accomplish great things for ourselves and our nation,” said Cahilig.